Britain’s James Calado took the win in today’s final race of the 2013 GP2 Series, which saw the current reserve driver for Sahara Force India take a welcome win to see off what has been a difficult season for both the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver and Lotus ART.
The 24-year-old drove brilliantly in the Sprint Race earlier, which had two Safety Car periods, but it did not phase Calado at all, who showed how mature a driver he has become over the last three seasons in GP3 and GP2. He also maintained a steady and consistent gap between himself and eventual second-place finisher Dani Clos, with GP2 Champion Fabio Leimer rounding off the final podium of the season.
Whilst being interviewed on the season finale podium by NBC Sports‘ Will Buxton, he thanked the team, Racing Steps and all those that have helped him, as he confirmed that it was potentially his last race in GP2.
With that now having being said by the Brit, it all is a case of what comes next, as the next chapter for this young racer is not yet written. This is ultimately dependent on what could potentially happen in the drivers’ market in the coming months. Could we see him in a full-time test driver role before promotion to a full-time Formula seat One finally happens, or could the latter happen sooner rather than later?
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